How Much Can You Reasonably Carry?
any disaster, relocation may be necessary to avoid a fast-moving storm, or may
occur because of habitation loss. Being mobile must be considered in your
Scenes of tornadoes, hurricanes and terrorist attacks have made the news in recent
years, depicting thousands of people without homes, traveling to relief and
safety due to disaster. In your own circumstance, considering portability of
supplies is a must, but just how much can be reasonably carried to meet you and
your families needs?
Being able to minimize the heaviest of survival needs will be key to your
survival, and can be done effectively in reducing the volume of the two main
survival needs: Water and food.
Water: Obviously, large quantities of water would be the most difficult to
transport. One gallon of water weighs approximately 8.35 pounds. Carrying one
gallon on foot for everyone in your family over long distance is next to
impossible. However there are survival tools to help with this dilemma. Unless
you can return to your drinking water storage regularly, you may need to depend
on streams and rivers to meet your needs. However, with this are risks of
infection and poisoning.
One tool to consider is the Pure Water 2Go 16 Oz. Water Bottle with Filter.
This is a 16 ounce bottle with a level 2 filter which treats up to eighty
gallons of water, removing any chlorine and bitter after-taste. It will also
remove a significant amount of pollutants, such as heavy metals.
Food: Carrying the required minimum food supply needed for a family unit over
long distances may be burdensome in conventional form. In place of solid
containers and canned goods, consider buying packages of freeze-dried foods.
Wise Foods and Mayday Industries manufacture packages of These are available in many varieties, from snack foods to
"entree" servings of dishes, such as creamy chicken pasta or
stroganoff. With a need to have a minimum of at least three to seven days worth
of food for everyone in your unit, this is a portable and lightweight solution
that will suit you well. Be sure to write a family meal plan so that you order
enough of these products in advance.
Whether it is just you or your entire family, plan out how to pack and carry
your supplies effectively amongst your unit. This will help conserve your
energy, while reducing the stress of moving from one place to the next over any